Google has begun work on an iOS version of its mobile augmented-reality game Ingress, according to a new report from AllThingsD. The game launched into closed beta last year, and has so far seen about one million Android activations.
If you’ve never heard of the title, it’s essentially a ‘social game’ set around a live story that Google updates every week with new clues. Players score points by collaborating with strangers to find clues and claim local landmarks for their team… Read More
One of this week’s App Store Editor’s Choice is a video app that lets you record, enhance, and share your life with friends and family with the help of real-time video capturing set to your own personal soundtrack.
Spark Camera lets you record snippets of a moment in time, then record another moment at a later time, and stitches them together so that you can create your own mini montage video to share with friends and family… Read More
Push Privacy is a new jailbreak tweak that allows users to hide the contents of push notifications on the Lock screen.
Such a feature allows users to retain some of the benefits of Lock screen push notifications, while securing the detailed contents from wandering eyes. Have a look at our full video walkthrough for a glance at how it all works. Read More
Late last month, Facebook-owned Instagram finally received its somewhat dull iOS 7-inspired update. I say dull because the redesign feels a tad rushed out and a bit rough around the edges. More importantly, not many people have noticed that yesterday’s minor maintenance update has killed off the tremendously useful video auto-play toggle.
Although iTunes release notes for Instagram 4.2.2 innocently list only “bug fixes and performance improvements,” in reality the new build has stealthily removed the useful Instagram > Settings > Auto-Play Videos switch.
This may not seem like a big deal, but consider for a moment the fact that the vast majority of iPhoneography fans turn to Instagram to enjoy beautiful photos.
Conversely, not many people give a heck about video on Instagram. Instagram disappointedly has never provided an option to block all video content from a user’s feed so you don’t need me to tell you that enforcing auto-play on videos isn’t really helping anyone but Instagram itself… Read More
SideSettings is a recently released tweak that lets you open up the settings for any app as a sidebar. Instead of having to exit the app, go to the Settings app, and access the app’s preferences, SideSettings immediately takes you to the settings of whatever app you have open using a simple swipe gesture.
Of course, all apps don’t have preferences to configure. In cases such as these, SideSettings will open up the stock Settings app instead.
I really enjoy SideSettings based on its originality alone. It’s a must see tweak that you have to witness on video to appreciate its ingenuity. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside. Read More
I’ve always hated how Google’s official YouTube apps on iOS, Android and other mobile platforms don’t allow for offline caching of videos. Sometimes I want to save a particularly funny clip or a music video to my device to show it to friends without having to waste my cellular data. YouTube doesn’t allow this.
Worse, Google’s been clamping down on third-party apps that cache YouTube videos, such as MCTube for iPhone, for example. The reason: the Internet giant wants to serve ads no matter what.
Playing back cached videos defeats that purpose. Recently, the company hinted it’s willing to reconsider its stance: mobile users will be able to save videos for later after all, but with some strings attached… Read More
I know what you’re thinking. “But Jeff, we don’t need any more walkthroughs of Lock screen launchers, we’ve already been inundated with them.”
To be honest, I thought the same thing.
We went through a period where it seemed like there was Lock screen launcher, after Lock screen launcher, after Lock screen launcher. And it’s not that any of the releases were bad, the niche just got a little too crowded.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that Simple Mode, although it falls firmly within the genre, adds an original flavor to the typical Lock screen launcher. Simple Mode will actually learn your app usage patterns, and adjust the apps available on your Lock screen automatically. Read More
Arco is a recently release jailbreak collaboration between Jack Willis and Sentry. The release, which falls under the A3tweaks umbrella, places a visual music timeline indicator in your device’s status bar.
The design of Arco is very much akin to the download animation that happens in the App Store in iOS 7. In iOS 7 there’s a round circle indicator that wraps around a button, which is indicative of the download progress. In the case of Arco, the “progress” is in relation to a currently playing song.
Although it’s a solid tweak, the best thing about Arco isn’t about design or functionality. The great thing about Arco is where the money goes when you purchase a copy. A3tweaks has generously decided to forward all proceeds to Kyle Matthews’ Because of Ezra charity, which helps to fund research for neuroblastoma, a terrible form of pediatric cancer. Read More
Netflix last week refreshed its iOS app with much-needed AirPlay support allowing subscribers to beam TV shows and movies to their living room television set through the Apple TV set-top box.
Unfortunately, the updated application has also introduced a nasty bug preventing the app to connect to the big screen via Apple’s HDMI AV adapter.
Disgruntled users took to Twitter and some even accused Apple and Netflix of joining forces to intentionally cripple the feature, presumably in order to push folks into buying an Apple TV to take advantage of AirPlay. This is unfounded talk as Netflix on Monday promised a fix for the issue it claims is affecting a “small percentage” of customers… Read More
Security Research Labs, a group of Berlin-based security researchers, have uncovered a bug in the new iPhone that it claims will enable hackers to overcome a safeguard allowing users to remotely wipe stolen or lost phones.
More specifically, the team has discovered a method for bypassing the handset’s security features. It starts with activating Airplane mode, which gives potential criminals time to create fake fingerprints and reset passwords…. Read More
Amazon is readying an Apple TV competitor, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The set-top box will offer access to the company’s Instant Video and other streaming services.
Reportedly codenamed “Cinnamon,” the device is said to be very similar in design and functionality to a Roku box. And Amazon is believed to be looking to launch it sometime before the holidays… Read More
When Apple announced that the iPhone 5s came with slow motion video capture, I was immediately envious of everyone that would be upgrading this year. Slow motion video is almost as awesome as high-speed video.
One of the best jailbreak tweaks to touch down in some time is now available for purchase on the Cydia Store. I’m referring to Apex, the new jailbreak tweak collaboration from A3tweaks.
Apex is an innovative new release that allows you to group sets of app icons together, and reveal each individual app using a swipe up or swipe down gesture. This means that you can have what appears to be a single app on your Home screen, when in all actuality, it’s hiding up to four additional apps.
Apex is a great way to get by without using folders. It allows you to quickly group items together, and launch them just as fast using intuitive gesture commands. Have a look inside at our full video walkthrough, as I explain why this is a must have jailbreak release for you. Read More
Now that Apple has launched its long-rumored fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s, the next big question is: when will it make it into the iPad? A recent leak indicates we may see it in the new iPad mini this year, but what about the iPad 5?
While there’s no way to concretely answer this question until Apple unveils the tablet, a new video hit the web yesterday that aims to provide some insight. Apparently the 5s’ Touch ID Home button fits perfectly in a front panel for an iPad 5… Read More
Doesn’t it bother you that popular mobile video chatting solutions draw from pedestrian video compression technology (maxing out at 720p, at best) and rarely provide acceptable audio quality?
Case in point: Microsoft-owned Skype, which bragged about its recent iOS client update bringing high-definition video calling – though it’s limited to 720p. Spin, a brand new free of charge iOS mobile together experience, is unlike any chat you’ve experienced before.
Three years in the making, Skype’s hot new competitor is exclusive to the iPhone and iPad and capable of delivering cinematic experiences with full HD 1080p video (1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution, to be precise) at sixty frames per second, along with crisp Wideband 44kHz audio.
You and your parents should immediately download Spin. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
JellyBoard is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that supercharges the editing features on your iPhone’s keyboard. Using swipe gestures, JellyBoard allows you to perform deletions, cut, copy, paste, select all, make uppercase, make lowercase, move the cursor, etc.
Think of JellyBoard as a tweak that similar to SwipeSelection, but a lot more customizable. There are tons of actions that you can assign to a variety of gestures, and we’ve showcased a few of them in our hands-on video preview inside. Read More
Apex is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to nest app icons on your Home screen in a way that may eliminate the need for folders. It’s an especially cool tool for grouping like applications such as the stock Mail app, and many of the other popular 3rd party Mail apps.
Apex is from Sentry’s a3tweaks, which has been responsible for a long repertoire of awesome jailbreak tweaks, including Auxo. Indeed, Apex works as awesome as it looks, and I’m confident that many will enjoy this upcoming release. Have a look at our brief video preview inside for more details. Read More
This video compares the speed of every iPhone when performing common tasks such as powering off, booting up, and accessing websites via Mobile Safari. If you thought the iPhone 5S was going to be the fastest at everything, then you’re up for a surprise.
Of course, this is not a life changing revelation, but it’s still interesting to see how all these iPhones perform next to each other.
Apple’s next-generation full-sized iPad is expected to sport a redesigned casing, similar to that of the iPad mini. It’s said to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4, with an overall smaller footprint.
And a new video surfaced this weekend that gives us a good idea of just how much the two tablets will differ in size, by comparing the measurements of an alleged iPad 5 shell with its predecessor… Read More
There’s only a few days left in the month, and that means that Apple’s iTunes Festival is winding down. In fact, the show will come to a close on Monday, September 30 with a performance from Katy Perry.
To commemorate the event, Apple has tonight posted a short video to its YouTube channel entitled ‘Moments,’ which highlights a few of the 60 acts that took the stage in London over the past 30 days… Read More